Welcome to Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church

Hickory, NC


At Bethlehem, everyone is invited, welcomed, and included, supported in times of personal need, spiritually fed, given opportunities to generously offer their God-given gifts to teach, proclaim and serve others, and be "disciples making disciples" for Jesus Christ. Bethlehem is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Bible based, and Gospel driven.

The Pastor and Staff are available as usual. While office hours and activities at the church are currently curtailed due to the pandemic, our worship services are available on our Facebook Page, with livestreaming of our services each Sunday morning at 10:30.

Occasionally, weather permitting, a Drive-In outdoor service can be attended in person, and Drive-Thru Holy Communion is regularly offered. Watch Facebook for details.

Meet the staff of Bethlehem!

The Reverend Dr. Richard Graf

Pastor Graf, or PG, is originally from Charlotte, NC.  He graduated from Lenoir Rhyne College in 1961, the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, PA in 1965; and completed his Doctor of Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1980.  PG was ordained on June 6, 1965 by the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  PG has served a number of congregations in NC, SC, and FL and was also the Campus Pastor for the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.  He retired the first time in 1999 and a second time in 2011.  Since retirement, he has served as interim pastor for 12 Lutheran churches prior to serving as Bethlehem's interim pastor while the Holy Spirit directs us to our next called pastor. 

Michelle Galloway, Parish Administrator

Michelle grew up in Wisconsin and attended The University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse.  She moved with her husband and family to NC in 2013.  Michelle grew up Catholic but she and her family joined Bethlehem Lutheran Church in 2014.  She has worked as Bethlehem's Parish Administrator since that time.  Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys (grown), but mostly with her black Lab Nova.  Michelle has been and continues to be an integral part of our Living Waters for the World Honduras mission team, and keeps her pulse on all things at Bethlehem.

Anna Boone, Pianist

Anna grew up in Hickory and is a life long member of Bethlehem.  She graduated from Newton-Conover High School and Appalachian State University with a BS degree in Mathematics.  She taught high school math for a number of years, following in her father's footsteps.  Anna now works for Catawba Valley Community College.  Anna is married and has one daughter, Kathryn.  Anna and her family enjoy the outdoors and always Appalachian State University football.  Anna is an avid runner, three times qualifying for the Boston Marathon.

Ramsey Dellinger - Pianist/Organist



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